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Chelsea suffer TRIPLE injury blow ahead of Arsenal clash

Chelsea are facing a major injury scare with star player Cole Palmer among the players who missed training ahead of the Arsenal clash

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Chelsea star player Cole Palmer was notably absent from Monday’s training session, raising concerns about his availability for the upcoming London derby against Premier League rivals Arsenal. 

Palmer, who has been instrumental for Chelsea this season, could be a significant loss for the team as they aim to secure a vital victory in their pursuit of a higher league position.

The 21-year-old midfielder has been in scintillating form, notching up an impressive tally of 23 goals and 13 assists across all competitions. His stellar performances have been crucial in Chelsea’s campaign, with Palmer currently sharing the Premier League’s top scorer title alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland, each boasting 20 goals to their name.

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However, Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino expressed uncertainty about Palmer’s availability for the upcoming clash. “We will assess him in the morning. Today, no I don’t believe he can be involved but we will assess him tomorrow,” Pochettino stated, highlighting the uncertainty surrounding Palmer’s fitness.

In addition to Palmer’s absence, Chelsea faces further concerns with defenders Ben Chilwell and Malo Gusto nursing injuries sustained in their recent FA Cup semi-final defeat against Manchester City. Pochettino revealed that Gusto suffered a minor knee ligament injury, while Chilwell continues to struggle with a recurring problem.

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Despite these setbacks, Chelsea find themselves in a promising position in the league, currently occupying ninth place and riding an eight-game unbeaten streak. With only seven matches remaining in the season, Pochettino emphasised the importance of finishing strong and securing points to propel the team closer to European qualification.

“We need the three points to be in another position in the table,” Pochettino asserted, highlighting the urgency of the situation. “We are confident in one day getting (to) the same level (as Arsenal), of course.”

Pochettino remains optimistic about his team’s prospects, acknowledging the progress made by Arsenal under Mikel Arteta. “We are positive and always in football the most important thing is to believe,” he remarked.

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